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$5M in College Clean Energy Competition

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New York State has launched the third round of the Energy to Lead competition with $5 million available for New York colleges and universities statewide.

Money can go to projects at private or publicly funded schools that lower their carbon footprint, reduce energy use and improve resiliency both on campus and within the surrounding community.

Suffolk County Community College’s Renewable Energy and STEM Center earlier received funds to implement net zero energy components during construction of its Renewable Energy and STEM Center.

This competition is part of New York State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050.

“We are empowering our colleges and universities to establish best-in-class energy efficient clean energy policies for others to follow,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a written statement. “Through public private partnerships, we are driving the clean energy solutions needed to safeguard our environment, campuses and communities for future generations.”

Energy to Lead 2020 will provide from $500,000 to $1.5 million to two- or four-year public or private colleges or universities.

They must be REV Campus Challenge members and the funds must be administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority or NYSERDA.


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